CQC Chief Inspector to retire next year

The Care Quality Commission has announced that their Chief Inspector of Hospitals plans to retire in 2022. Ted Baker will step down from the role next year.

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive, said: “I am incredibly grateful to Ted for his commitment, vision and leadership and for the expertise he has brought to CQC as Chief Inspector. I have enjoyed working with Ted enormously and shall miss him both on a personal and professional basis.

“One of his greatest strengths is his commitment to engagement with and improvement for patients and staff which has rightly earned him significant respect and loyalty from colleagues at CQC, and across the NHS. He will leave CQC next year having played a vital role in strengthening our regulation and I am extremely grateful for what he has helped us to achieve.”

Ted Baker was appointed to the Chief Inspector role in 2017 and has 35 years clinical experience in frontline healthcare, and trained as a paediatric cardiologist and was a clinical academic at King’s College, London.

Ted Baker, said: “Our regulation of hospitals has undergone considerable change over the past five years with a strengthened focus on leadership and culture and more emphasis on system working, assessing how services are working together to ensure patients receive truly integrated care. At the same time our regulation has encouraged an increasing number of services to take a transformational approach towards patient safety.

“That work is the result of the collective commitment of my colleagues here at the CQC together with many partners across the system. The much closer partnership working between the CQC and other regulators, providers and patients has been central to the progress we have made.”

The recruitment process to appoint his successor is due to begin shortly.